Books | Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
James S. A. Corey
From a New York Times bestselling and Hugo award-winning author comes a modern masterwork of science fiction, introducing a captain, his crew, and a detective as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series. Humanity has colonized the solar system—Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond—but the stars are still out of our reach.Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for—and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations—and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe."Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." —George R. R. MartinThe ExpanseLeviathan WakesCaliban's WarAbaddon's GateCibola BurnNemesis GamesBabylon's AshesPersepolis RisingTiamat's WrathLeviathan FallsMemory's LegionThe Expanse Short FictionDriveThe Butcher of Anderson StationGods of RiskThe ChurnThe Vital AbyssStrange DogsAuberonThe Sins of Our Fathers
James S. A. Corey
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"I ADORE this series. I started with the season 1 DVD set from my library, and binged it with a small pause for sleep. It enthralled me. The characters, the intricacies, the politics, the mystery.... it was just astounding. How it so seamless merges so many different genres into one space opera, and how you don't even notice how big the book is when you're reading, you just want more more more. I recommend this to anyone that asks."
"I'll admit I deliberately ignored the hype on The Expanse (books and show) for awhile. Finally got around to reading it and understand why it is so beloved. It's a space opera with the central theme exploring how people react in the face of information (share, hide, deny, leverage for power). The characters are relatable and, of course, there are space battles, zombies, and aliens. I had a few late nights cause I couldn't put the book down!"
"If you're in it for the journey - for a nice long and plotty scifi thriller with not-so-far-fetched technology, politics, intrigue, space battle, excellent "world" building and character development, and a story you can really sink your teeth into - this is the book for you. If plots and subplots and super subplots and politics and strategy are really not your thing, I would give this one a pass."
"This wasn't jaw-droppingly great. But I have this feeling it will be. Miller of course was the star of the show. A down-on-his-luck cop who gets a glimpse of what life could be like with a crew to follow. But sadly Miller was the only one with adequate character depth. Though I did like Holden as well. It's always difficult to do the right thing while also following orders. But I respected Holden more for it and for the way his crew viewed his character. On the other hand, I didn't know much about any of the side characters so I couldn't find it in myself to care for them.<br/><br/>Though many things happened readers were still held from the bulk of the truth. So while getting bits and bits of information was slow going, even at the end, I still sense there is much more to be given. Unfortunately, the slow build is losing my interest but I want to trust in the process and continue. Something is just itching at the back of my mind.<br/><br/>Of course, human history will always repeat itself. Even with all the politics though this was easy to follow. But the world-building was difficult to decipher at times. I just wasn't blown away and I think it had a lot to do with character depth."
"The entire Expanse series caught me by surprise. Sci-fi doesn't generally thrill me, and I was leery about jumping into a new, large series. So glad I did! The world is interesting, the characters engaging, and the whole series is so achingly human, even when scenarios in the story aren't. I can't suggest this book series enough!"
"The beginning of a great story that spans 9 books and a set of Novellas. Interesting look at human kind after we’ve moved to space and colonized mars and the outer belts. Some of my favorite group of characters. Was truly a little sad when I finished the series and had to leave this world. Will absolutely read it again down the road. "